Aircheck UK: UK Radio - Who Owns What?

UPDATED: 13/10/2003

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Absolute Radio UK Limited (AR-UK)

107.6 Juice FM (Liverpool)

BBC Radio

BBC Radio 1 (national)
BBC 1 Xtra (national DAB digital radio)
BBC Radio 2 (national)
BBC Radio 3 (national)
BBC Radio 4 (national)
BBC Radio Five Live (national)
BBC Radio Five Live Sports Extra (national DAB digital radio)
BBC 6 Music (national DAB digital radio)

BBC 7 (national DAB digital radio)
BBC Asian Network
BBC Radio Bristol
BBC Radio Cambridgeshire
BBC Radio Cleveland
BBC Radio Cymru
BBC Radio Cornwall
BBC Radio Cumbria
BBC Radio Derby
BBC Radio Devon
BBC Radio Essex
BBC Radio Coventry and Warwickshire
BBC Radio Guernsey
BBC Radio Gloucestershire
BBC London
BBC GMR (Greater Manchester)
BBC Hereford and Worcester
BBC Radio Jersey
BBC Radio Kent
BBC Radio Humberside
BBC Radio Lancashire
BBC Radio Leeds
BBC Radio Leicester
BBC Radio Lincolnshire
BBC Radio Merseyside
BBC Radio Newcastle
BBC Radio Northampton
BBC Radio Norfolk
BBC Radio Nottingham
BBC Radio Scotland
BBC Radio Sheffield
BBC Radio Shropshire
BBC Radio Solent
BBC Somerset Sound
BBC Radio Stoke
BBC Radio Suffolk
BBC Southern Counties Radio
BBC Radio Oxford
BBC Radio Berkshire
BBC Three Counties Radio
BBC Radio Wales
BBC Wiltshire Sound
BBC Radio York
BBC World Service

Brighton & Hove Radio Ltd

107.2 Juice FM (Brighton)

Splash FM (35% stake) (Worthing)

Capital Radio plc
Beat 106 (Central Scotland)
96.4FM BRMB (Birmingham)
95.8 Capital FM (London)
1170 & 1557AM Capital Gold (Southampton and Portsmouth)
1305 & 1359AM Capital Gold (South Wales)
1458AM Capital Gold (Manchester)
1548AM Capital Gold (London)
1152AM Capital Gold (Birmingham)
1323 & 945AM Capital Gold (Brighton and Hove)
100-102 Century FM (North-East of England)
105.4 Century FM (North-West of England)
106 Century FM (East Midlands)
Century (London DAB digital radio)
Fox FM (Oxfordshire)
Invicta FM (Kent)
Life (national DAB digital radio)
Ocean FM (Portsmouth)
103.2 Power FM (Southampton)
Red Dragon FM (South Wales)
Southern FM (West Sussex)
XFM (London and local DAB digital radio)
Chrysalis Radio

News Direct 97.3FM (London)
LBC 1152 AM (London)
Galaxy 102 (Manchester)
Galaxy 102.2 (Birmingham)
Galaxy 105 (Yorkshire)
Galaxy 105 and 106 (North-East of England)
100.7 Heart FM (West Midlands)
Heart 106.2 (London)
Heart Digital (regional DAB digital radio)

Arrow (regional DAB digital radio)

Classic Gold Digital Ltd.
shareholders include UBC Media (formerly Unique Broadcasting) and GWR Group plc

Classic Gold 1260 (Bristol

Classic Gold 1152 (Plymouth)

Classic Gold 936 and 1161 (Wiltshire)

Classic Gold 1431 and 1485 (West Berkshire)

Classic Gold GEM (Nottinghamshire)

Classic Gold GEM (Derbyshire)

Classic Gold WABC (Shropshire and Wolverhampton), 

Classic Gold Marcher (Wrexham)
Classic Gold Breeze 1359 and 1431 (Essex)
Classic Gold Breeze 1521 (Surrey)
Classic Gold 1359 (Warwickshire), 

Classic Gold 792 and 828 (Herts, Beds, Bucks), 

Classic Gold 828 (Dorset and Hampshire), 

Classic Gold 774 (Gloucestershire), 

Classic Gold Amber (Norfolk), 

Classic Gold Amber (Suffolk)

Classic Gold 666 and 954 (Devon)

Classic Gold 1332 (Peterborough)

Classic Gold 1557 (Northamptonshire)

Emap Performance Network
Radio Aire (Leeds)
Hallam FM (Sheffield)
Key 103 FM (Manchester)
Kiss 100 (London)
Magic 1152 (Newcastle), 1170 (Stockton-on-Tees), 999 (Lancashire), 1161 (Hull), 1548 (Liverpool), 828 (Leeds). 105.4 (London)
Magic AM (South Yorkshire)
Metro Radio (Newcastle-upon-Tyne)
Radio City 96.7 (Liverpool)
Rock FM (Lancashire)
TFM (Stockton-on-Tees)
96.9 Viking FM (Hull)

Forever Broadcasting

107.4 Tower FM (Bolton)
Peak 107 (Derbyshire)
107.7 The Wolf (Wolverhampton)

Forward Media

Dune FM (Southport)
Connect FM (Northants)
Lite FM 106.8 (Peterborough)

Fusion Radio - see Milestone Group below.

Guardian Media Group

Jazz FM 100.4 (North-West)
Jazz FM 102.2 (London and local digital radio)

Real Radio (South Wales)
Real Radio (Yorkshire)
Real Radio (Central Scotland)
Real Radio (Digital radio)

GWR Group plc
Beacon FM (Shropshire and Wolverhampton)
Broadland 102 (Norwich, Norfolk)
The Buzz 97.1 (Wirral)
103 Champion FM (Gwynedd)
96.9 Chiltern FM (Bedfordshire)
97.6 Chiltern FM (Herts, Beds and Bucks)
Classic FM (national)
96.3 Coast FM (Denbighshire)
Core (national digital)
Essex FM (Essex)
Gemini FM (Devon)
GWR FM (Bristol and Bath)
GWR FM (Swindon and West Wiltshire)
102.7 Hereward FM (Peterborough)
FM103 Horizon (Milton Keynes)
Lantern FM (Devon)
105.4 Leicester Sound (Leicestershire)
Mercia FM (Warwickshire)
96.6 Mercury FM (Hertfordshire)
102.7 Mercury FM (Surrey and West Sussex)
MFM 103.4 (Wrexham)
Northants 96 (Northamptonshire)
Orchard FM (Somerset)
Q103 (Cambridgeshire)
102.8 Ram FM (Derbyshire)
Severn Sound FM (Gloucestershire)
SGR FM (Suffolk)
SGR Colchester (Essex)
Ten17 (Harlow, Essex)
The Storm (local digital radio)
The Mix (Sky Digital satellite)
96 Trent FM (Nottinghamshire)
2CR FM (Bournemouth)
2-Ten FM (Thames Valley)
Wyvern FM (Herefordshire and Worcestershire)
Lincs FM plc

Fosseway Radio (Leicestershire)

Compass FM (North-East Lincolnshire)

Dearne FM (Barnsley)

Lincs FM (Lincolnshire)

Ridings FM (Wakefield)

Rutland Radio (Rutland

Trax FM (Doncaster)

Trax FM (Nottinghamshire)

The Local Radio Company Ltd.
due to restructuring of parent company Radio Investments Ltd., all stations previously run by The Local Radio Company are now part of Radio Investments Ltd.

Marcher Radio Group
Marcher Radio Group and its stations have been acquired by GWR Group plc

Midlands Radio plc
Midlands Radio plc was bought out by GWR in 1993/1994 - Midlands Radio plc was made up of Trent FM (Derby & Nottingham), Leicester Sound, Mercia FM, Beacon Radio, GEM AM, BRMB, and XTRA AM.  The Midlands Radio name went with the sale of XTRA & BRMB to Capital Radio plc, who use the name as the holding company for what is now BRMB & Capital Gold Birmingham.  

Milestone Group (purchased Fusion Radio in 2003)

Fusion 107.3 (Lewisham, London)

Passion 107.9 (Oxford)

Time 106.8 (Thamesmead, London)

Kestrel FM (Basingstoke)

Kick FM (Newbury)

107.1 Rugby FM (Rugby)

Reading 107 (Reading)

Minster Sound Radio plc
shareholders include GWR Group plc and Radio Investments Ltd.

Yorkshire Coast Radio - Bridlington's Best (Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire)
Home 107.9 FM (Huddersfield, Kirklees)
Minster FM (York)
Yorkshire Coast Radio (Scarborough, North Yorkshire)
Murfin Music International Ltd.
Classic Gold 954 and 1530 (Herefordshire and Worcestershire)
Radio Maldwyn (Powys)
Sunshine 855 (Shropshire)
CN Group

The Bay (Cumbria)
FM102 The Bear (Warwickshire)
Centre FM (Staffordshire)
Citybeat (Northern Ireland

Mid FM (Northern Ireland)
Kix 96 (Coventry)
Lakeland Radio (Cumbria) (part shareholder)
Oak FM (Loughborough, Leicestershire)

Kent Messenger Group
KM FM (formerly 106 CTFM) (Kent)
KM FM (formerly TLR) (Kent)
KM FM (formerly Neptune Radio) (Kent)
KM FM (Medway)
KM FM (Tonbridge, Kent)

Kingdom FM Ltd

Kingdom FM (Fife)
Clan FM (North Lanarkshire)

River FM (West Lothian) (25% share)


Planet Rock (national digital)

Radio Investments Ltd.

Alpha 103.2 (Darlington)

107.8 Arrow FM (Hastings)

Central FM (Scotland)

Fire 107.6 (Poole & Bournemouth)
Home 107.9 (Huddersfield)
Isle of Wight Radio
Minster FM (York)
Mix 96
107.4 The Quay
106.9 Silk FM (Macclesfield)
107.5 Sovereign Radio (Eastbourne)
Spire FM (Salisbury)
97.2 Stray FM (Harrogate)
Sun FM (Sunderland)
107 Swan FM
Thames 107.8
97.4 Vale FM
Wessex FM
107.2 Win FM
Yorkshire Coast Radio (Scarborough)
Yorkshire Coast Radio (Bridlington)

Saga Radio

Primetime Radio (national digital radio)

Saga 106.6FM (East Midlands) (101.4 for Derby)
Saga 105.7FM (West Midlands and local digital radio)


The Groove (local digital)
Virgin Radio (national digital)

Scottish Radio Holdings plc

3C (local digital)
Radio Borders (Scottish Borders)
CFM (Cumbria)
Cool FM (Northern Ireland)
Clyde 1 (Glasgow)
Clyde 2 (Glasgow)
Downtown Radio (Northern Ireland)
Forth AM (Edinburgh)
Forth FM (Edinburgh)
Moray Firth (Inverness)
NorthSound One (Aberdeen)
NorthSound Two (Aberdeen)
Tay AM (Dundee)
Tay FM (Dundee)

Vibe 101 (Bristol)

Vibe FM (East of England)
Wave 105 (Solent)
West Sound FM (Dumfries and Galloway)
West Sound (Ayrshire)
West FM (Ayrshire)

UBC Media

Oneword (national digital) (part shareholder)
MTV Radio (South Wales digital radio - equal shareholder with Viacom)

Classic Gold Digital


107.5 Active FM (Romford)
107.5 Cat FM (Cheltenham, Gloucestershire)
County Sound 1566MW (Surrey)
Delta FM 97.1 (Surrey)
Delta FM 102 (Hampshire)
96.4 The Eagle (Surrey)
KL FM 96.7 (Norfolk)
Pirate FM 102 (Cornwall)
Quay West Radio (Somerset)
96.2FM The Revolution (Manchester)
South Hams Radio (South Devon)
Star 106.6 (Slough and Maidenhead and Windsor)
Star 107 (South Gloucestershire)
Star 107.1 (Ely, Cambridgeshire)
Star 107.3 (Bristol)
Star 107.5 (Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset)
Star 107.9 (Cambridge)

Vibe Radio Services Ltd. Owned by Scottish Radio Holdings.

Vibe 101 (Bristol and South Wales)
Vibe FM 105-108 (East of England)

Westcom Media Ltd.
Following acquisition by UKRD, all stations previously owned by Westcom Media are now part of UKRD Group.


The Wireless Group

Imagine FM (Stockport)
The Lounge (local digital radio)
The Pulse (Kirklees and Leeds)
96.3 QFM (Paisley, Renfrewshire)
Signal 1 (Staffordshire and South Cheshire)
Signal 2 (Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire)
talkSPORT (national)
96.4FM The Wave (Swansea)
96.5FM The Wave (Blackpool)
The Wave 102FM (Dundee)
102.4 Wish FM (Wigan)
107.2 Wire FM (Warrington)
Valleys Radio (South Wales)
West Yorkshire's Classic Gold (Bradford, Huddersfield, Halifax and Leeds)

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